In an opening meeting at the Albemarle County Office Building on Wednesday, March 28th, attended by construction company representatives, JMRL staff, reporters, and Build Crozet Library supporters, the county staff opened construction bids.
Observers were offered a paper spreadsheet, 11″ x 17″, with bidding company names and the many different parts of the bid already filled in. While county staff opened the envelopes and read out the bids, most of us in the room wrote the dollar amounts into the appropriate spaces (all 121 of them).
As has been reported in the Daily Progress (see the article here), the bids ranged from just under $5.8 million to over $6.9 million. You could compare that to an estimated $8.5 million cost in March, 2007.
After the staff verifies the apparent low bid from MB Contractors, Inc., they will submit it to the Board of Supervisors this week. Here’s what’s next, according to county staff, quoted in the Daily Progress:
Before the project can go forward, county Director of Purchasing Hugh Gravitt said, the supervisors have to approve the project at their meeting next week. If that happens, he said, a contract will be awarded in May, with groundbreaking scheduled for July.
“If it stays on track, those awards should be in May, with notice to proceed in June, with the hope of breaking dirt in July,” he said.
Lilley added that the bids do not guarantee that the project will end up being built.
“Of course, we still need the Board of Supervisors to say that they want to fund it,” Lilley said. “We only have it tentatively funded.”
The supervisors will vote on the final county budget and tax rate April 4.
The BOS is likely to vote on the advertised tax rate Wednesday, April 4 or Wednesday April 11 (the deadline by which the County could then print tax bills for the first half of 2012-13).